Norden som folkemusikalsk region
Norsk folkemusikklags skrift 23: 7–33 (2009)
English summary: Is there such a thing as a ”Nordic sound” in contemporary folk music? How do the Nordic countries comprise a folk music region? Which forces lie behind developments towards regionalization in this field? These questions are discussed in this article, which takes an empirical point of departure, and describes movements in the folk music scene as well as in institutions and ideologies. The Nordic region is one among several music regions, alliances and identities growing in the global musical landscape. The building and maintenance of mythologies about Nordic culture and music are an important element in this process. The myths are also a natural part of the cultural heritage of the Nordic countries.